Montessori Buzz – Oct. 18, 2022
Dear MA Families & Friends,
Update on CWELCC for Toddler and Casa
Toddler and Casa Families: Please see the following PDF attachment/letter from Tina Sartori, Executive Director, about the Canada Wide Early Learning and Child Care (CWELCC) program. Montessori Academy CWELCC Communication – FINAL.pdf
Changes to our Financial Support program
Updated information regarding 2023-2024 applications for Financial Support for the next school year will be available at the beginning of December.
Remembrance Day Assembly 2022
New location and time for our annual Elementary and Junior High assembly
We are excited to host our annual Remembrance Day Assembly at The Academy Circus this year. The venue is located at 1490 Richmond Street.
This assembly is always a beautiful, poignant presentation with performances by our students in Years 1-8.
- Where: At The Academy Circus – 1490 Richmond Street
- When: Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 – 1:30-3:00PM
Students are welcomed to go home straight from the Academy with their parents if they are able to. Everyone else will be bused back to the school in time for regular dismissal and Extended Hours, if necessary.
Elementary & Junior High parents: please watch for an RSVP which will be sent home in the next week or two; we ask you to return it to your child’s teachers by Friday, November 4, 2022.
Weather-related Closure Communication policy
In the event of severe weather, the school’s administration will make a decision about closing the school by 7:15 am, if possible. If we decide to close the school, we will send a text message/SMS followed by an email to all families through the same distribution list as our Buzz eNewsletter. If you have not received a text message or email by 7:25 am, it is safe to assume the school is open.
Also, we follow the Thames Valley District School Board – if the public school board closes its administrative offices and all city schools, Montessori Academy will close, too. (We do not follow bus cancellations.)
We will follow up any school-closure text message and email with posts via our social media accounts, and update our website’s homepage. However, we ask families to please check your text messages and email first for school closure announcements. Please note: If you have opted out of the student directory, you will not receive an SMS/Text message from us.
Please also remember that if on any stormy day you do not feel safe driving to school, you are welcomed to keep your child(ren) home.
Board of Governors recruitment – Community member
The Board has extended the application deadline for a new community member to replace an outgoing Governor completing their term. Priority will be given to candidates with expertise and knowledge in Human Resources, Information Technology, and/or Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Previous experience sitting on a Board and an understanding of board governance is helpful. The Board is currently accepting applications and actively recruiting for this role. We thank our parent community for sharing this post with their networks.
Photos from the week
Westmount Casa social
Westmount Casa hosted their Harvest Social last week. It was so great to see our parents and get to reconnect. 🙂
Oxford Casa planting
Casa 2 and 4 spent a lovely Fall afternoon together last Monday in the playground planting mums, cleaning the troughs, and preparing them for Winter. Awesome teamwork and kindness to nature! Thank you to Melanie and Jeff (parents of Everly in Casa 1) and Gabe and Wes (parents of Riley and Casey) for the gorgeous flowers!
Westmount Casa Indigenous book donations
Thank you to one of our Westmount Casa families who generously donated these wonderful books filled with the Indigenous culture! You have helped to enrich our classroom library!
Lower El 1 Language lessons
Year 3 students in Lower Elementary 1 have been doing Sentence Analysis work.
Lower El 2 Culture projects
The Year 1 students in Lower Elementary 2 have been working on different culture assignments.
UE1 Tai Chi
As part of their Ancient China culture study, the UE1 students practiced their Tai Chi skills.
Drama Club on Thursdays
Students from Upper Elementary and Junior High have collaborated to create a drama club. Today the students met for the first time and the students led some improv games. Moving forward, UE and Junior High students are welcome to join the club on Thursdays at 12:15 pm in the Elementary Courtyard.
Chess Club started this week!
On Thursday, the Junior High students gathered together for Chess Club. It was a battle of the wits!
JH Service trip to Longwoods
Last week the Junior High students took a field trip to Longwoods Conservation area to do some community clean up and service work. It was a truly humbling experience for all of us as we continue on our journey of better understanding indigenous history and culture. A truly special day at Longwoods for the entire JH community.
Junior High Civics
Junior high students begin their week understanding why it is important to vote and will get to know our school’s ward candidates running for the upcoming election.